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Pearson: "At No Point Did We Think That We Were Not Capable Of Staying In The League"

2 June 2019

James Pearson put pen to paper on a one year contract extension at the Moss Rose on Friday afternoon and shortly afterwards, he explained why he was eager to get the deal done -
 
"It's good to get it done this early - it was important for me to go off on my holidays with it all signed and looking forward to pre-season.
 
"I have had quite a few clubs for a 26-year-old player and it's important at this stage of my career to stick to one club. 
 
"I enjoyed my time here last season - obviously it was a bit up and down, but I enjoyed working with the group of people involved here every day and I am looking forward to another season."
 
Asked about his standout memories from the last campaign, James had no hesitation in naming memorable occasions on both a personal and collective level -
 
"It's got to be the last day of the season. It was massive and even though I wasn't involved, everybody could feel that we were almost there after the Port Vale game.
 
"At no point as a group of players did we ever think that we were not capable of staying in the league.
 
"Yeovil away when I scored my first goal was a special moment for me too, but it was more about the team last year. That's the reason we stayed in the EFL - because we had such a good group of people."
 
The mental strength, belief and defiance which characterised much of last season also bodes well for the next campaign -
 
"It's important going into next season - we don't want to be scrapping down the bottom like we have been. It's important that we get off to a good start - obviously last year everybody knows that we didn't start well at all, so it's important that we do this time."
 
In terms of the forthcoming campaign, James is looking forward to building on the momentum which was created as part of our incredible survival success -
 
"We will find out what we are trying to achieve when the manager sits us down on the first day of pre-season, but with how well we played during the back-end of last season and if we can keep the majority of the squad together then anything is possible.
 
"If you look at Tranmere, they have had a great season and been promoted to League One - there are other clubs that have had good seasons too who you maybe wouldn't have thought would have been up there.
 
"As a player, you look at the likes of Tranmere and think well they got promoted so why can't we?
 
"But at the end of the day, we have to be realistic and look back at what happened last season.
 
"If everybody looked at it and said that a mid-table finish is what is wanted, then I think that is quite realistic - but as a player, you want to achieve everything you can in the game and next season we will look forward to another competitive year."

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